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Revenge of the Lawn, The Abortion, So the Wind Won't Blow It All Away Paperback – February 21, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books (February 21, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395706742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395706749
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Brautigan (1935–1984) was a god of the counterculture and the author of ten novels, nine volumes of poetry, and a collection of short stories.

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I was happy to receive this book so fast.
Lisa Fisher
REVENGE OF THE LAWN, a collection of short stories, has some great two- and three-pagers that display typical Brautigan wit, humor, and insight.
J. Bosiljevac
Indeed, I believe it is my favorite of all Brautigan's works.
Theresa Williams

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Remington on August 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
With the possible exception of The Hawkline Monster, Revenge of the Lawn represents Brautigan's best work. It is a collection of wonderfully loopy stories that although they may not focus on developing a specific narrative thrust, instead hone in on capturing a real sense of time, place and experience. Each piece is certaintly idiosyncratic and individualistic only to the unique voice that was the late Brautigan. As a fellow native of the Pacific Northwest, I find his work as collected here sentimental, haunting and vividly descriptive and alive. It is also a fine example of regionalistic literature as his work, while abhereing to the old addage "only the most personal is the most universal", simply couldn't occur in any other region of the world- and that makes it live in all geographical locations. The other stories collected here, may loose some of Revenge of the Lawn's focus, they never the less reflect a sadly overlooked American writer.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 2003
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I remember reading So The Wind Won't Blow it All Away for the first time. I was riding in a greyhound bus with the scent of blue hair ladies in front of me. Brautigan discussed his childhood love of cheesburgers and Superman and I couldn't stop laughing. The bus driver had to pull over and take me off the bus to ask me to shut up. Brautigan is a master of words. His visions are fresh and celebratory. I could read his work over and over. If this is your first Brautigan book you will not be let down. He hasn't written a book that will let you down. This one is no exception. Probably his finest three books in one!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Williams on July 29, 2005
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When I was an art student at East Carolina University back in the 80's, a friend gave me a copy of REVENGE OF THE LAWN. As I look back now, I realize Brautigan's book was probably the beginning of my slow change from wanting to be an artist to wanting to be a writer. I had never read anything like Brautigan's work before, and for many years I couldn't understand why his stories and poems moved me so. I now understand it is because of Brautigan's ability to make ordinary details sacred. For instance in the story "Coffee" in REVENGE OF THE LAWN, Brautigan says, "Sometimes life is merely a matter of coffee and whatever intimacy a cup of coffee affords." In this tender story about the end of love, Brautigan reveals that the accoutrements needed to make the coffee are laid out at his lover's house "like a funeral service" and that the cup of coffee is "safely inside me like a grave." Herein is the magic of Brautigan's ability: to raise the mundane act of drinking coffee to a ceremony of death.

This is an especially good volume of Brautigan's works. THE ABORTION begins by describing a bizarre library wherein everyone's books are welcomed and handled lovingly by the proprietors. This certainly evokes the hope of every writer--that his or her efforts would be handled lovingly by readers. However, this was not the case with Brautigan's final book, SO THE WIND WON'T BLOW IT ALL AWAY, included in this volume. The critics panned it, often comparing it to the work that first brought him fame and continued to overshadow his subsequent works: TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA. I cannot express strongly enough how wrong I think critics were in their assessment of SO THE WIND WON'T BLOW IT ALL AWAY. Indeed, I believe it is my favorite of all Brautigan's works.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 1999
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A short time ago it seemed to me that Richard Brautigan was almost as forgotten as the Iron Butterfly, Mr. Natural and other later-century cultural phenomena that were once so much a part of young people's lives; I thought I was one of the few people left who read him. Happily, I was wrong. Brautigan still has something to say to readers at the turn of the 20th Century and "Revenge of the Lawn" is a good way to get to know him. The "stories" (some are just vignettes or even, like "The Scarlatti Tilt", just fragments of prose) reveal the different faces of Brautigan: the playful fantasy-smith, the somber memoirist, the ironic observer from the margins of society, the sexual adventurer, the literary craftsman, and even the loving husband and father. When I first read this book years ago, I just enjoyed the humor and irony. Re-reading it now, I can appreciate its human depths and its technique. "I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone" is Brautigan at his imaginative best, comparing a girl(sorry, feminists--I don't doubt she was really a woman) to a heroic New Deal documentary about rural electrification, which he relates in turn to the Greek myth of Prometheus bringing fire to humankind."Suddenly, heroically, with the throwing of a switch, there was light for the farmer.." In some ways reminiscent of "Letters From My Windmill" by Alphonse Daudet, "Revenge of the Lawn" may be one of the best ways for a new reader to get to know Richard Brautigan. Personally, I can say it has had the same spirit-lifting effect for me in bad times as Daudet's work. Recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Bosiljevac on August 30, 2004
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I discovered Brautigan recently and have been reading everything I can get my hands on of his. There's three collections of three books. The one with TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA and IN WATERMELON SUGAR is the best one to get if you're only going to get one. But this one is good as well.

REVENGE OF THE LAWN, a collection of short stories, has some great two- and three-pagers that display typical Brautigan wit, humor, and insight. Some, as with any collection, are better than others.

THE ABORTION is one of Brautigan's better plots. And I say this because his style and sense of humor is pretty consistent through all of his work, and you either love it or hate it. If you hate it, you won't like any of his stuff. If you like it, then you'll probably like this one. It seems more original than some of his genre parody stories like THE HAWKLINE MONSTER and DREAMING OF BABYLON. It also seems like it may be a little autobiographical, so the emotion in it feels more real.

SO THE WIND WON'T BLOW IT ALL AWAY eerily forshadows Brautigan's suicide. It speaks to the youth in all of us and carries a great sense of nostalgia. Taken in context with his life and its end shortly after writing this book, it feels like a depressed man looking back at the golden years with complete fondness.

Overall, I'd say this is the second best of the Brautigan collections available.
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